University of Louisville, School of Music
Mission Statement: The University of Louisville School of Music is committed to teaching music as an artistic, academic, and professional discipline; to fostering in a variety of ways and for diverse communities the creation, performance, study, teaching, and therapeutic use of music; and to contributing innovative musical leadership in the city of Louisville and beyond.
Miss Lynn received her Bachelors in Music and minor in Psychology at the University of Louisville December of 2010. During her time at UofL she studied clarinet under Dallas Tidwell, flute under Kathy Karr, oboe under Jennifer Potochnic and critical performances were occasionally by the guidance of Marilyn Nije. She also studied saxophone under graduate saxophone performance majors at the university. Jessica excelled in a two part Mastery of Music Performance project under the highly respected jazz musician Harry Pickens. Jessica's clarinet studies prior to her Bachelors were with Anne Wilcheck-Schuessler, clarinetist of the Owensboro Symphony.
Dalla Tidwell, Clarinetist
Dallas Tidwell is Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Louisville. He served as associate principal and second clarinetist with the Louisville Orchestra for 27 years. During that time he was featured as soloist with the Louisville Orchestra in concertos by Dan Welcher and Frederick Speck.. Mr. Tidwell has also has served as principal clarinetist with the Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Louisville Bach Society, and the Lake George (New York) Opera. He has been an active chamber performer for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Gerhard Chamber Festival (Alabama), Lake George Chamber Festival, and is a founding member of the Kentucky Center Chamber Players, now in their 21st season. He recently toured Japan with the Louisville String Quartet as part of the University of Hirosaki Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Tidwell holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Louisville. His principal teachers have included James Livingston, Larry Combs, Jerome Stowall, George Silfies, and Richard Nunemaker.
Anne Wilcheck-Schuessler, Clarinetist
Kathy Karr, Flutist
Kathleen Karr has been the Principal Flutist of The Louisville Orchestra since 1988. As Principal Flutist with The Louisville Orchestra, she has performed as soloist on several occasions, including Concerti by Gunther Schuller, Telemann, and J. S. Bach. Ms. Karr is a founding member of the Kentucky Center Chamber Players, a chamber music group that has performed a subscription series since 1982. Ms. Karr is a member of the faculty at the University of Louisville's School of Music. She has also been a faculty member at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. Ms. Karr received her Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University, and her Master of Music degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Ms. Karr can be heard on First Edition Records, Centaur, D'Note, and Koch labels, and she is in the process of producing a CD of chamber music with the Kentucky Center Chamber Players.
Jennifer Potochnic, Oboist
Jennifer Potochnic was appointed professor of oboe at the University of Louisville in 2009. She shares her time teaching and playing maintaining an active performance career in many communities. She performs with the Palm Beach Opera and Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and Atlanta Symphony. Ms. Potochnic attended Louisiana State University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the College-Conservatory in Cincinnati. Her teachers include Mark Ostoich, John Mack, Joseph Robinson and Elaine Douvas. Jennifer recently made her third appearance at Carnegie Hall with the Grawemeyer Ensemble. She is an advocate for new music and her most recent commission project is “Inner Voices” a piece written by Mark Kilstofte in memory or her teacher John Mack.
Harry Pickens, Pianist
Pianist Harry Pickens has performed internationally with many of the finest artists in the jazz field including Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard, and others. An alumnus of Davidson College and Rutgers University, Mr. Pickens blends an active performance career which has taken him to 17 countries on 4 continents with a deep passion for making a difference as a teacher, consultant, and professional speaker.
Although internationally renowned as an outstanding jazz pianist, Mr. Pickens’ musical passions and interests far exceed the jazz domain. He has studied Western Art Music and popular music genres extensively and has worked as a choral conductor, accompanist, grade K-12 music teacher and college music instructor. His educational background also includes delivering workshops for students, educators, and corporate trainers on practical applications of the creative and performing arts to enhance learning, creativity, and personal effectiveness.
Mr. Pickens’ unusual blend of talents have also led to personal encounters with many remarkable people outside of the world of music. From a private performance in the home of renowned motivational author and speaker Denis Waitley, to appearing as guest faculty at marketing genius Jay Abraham’s $20,000-per-person Protégé training programs, to writing record-breaking newspaper and direct mail advertising copy for best-selling author Robert Allen, these unforgettable experiences in the presence of top achievers have refined his understanding of the essence of personal and professional success.
He has also taught aside master teacher/psychologist/researcher Jean Houston, sharing insights on the early life of Mozart as a model for developing a truly empowering educational system, co-developed international leadership training programs for Fortune 100 corporations, and presented innovative seminars on marketing and advertising for over 1500 entrepreneurs
Marilyn Nije, Clarinetist
Marilyn Nije, clarinetist, was formerly Assistant Principal and Eb Clarinet with the Mexico City Philharmonic until 2009. Since moving to Louisville in 2009, she has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Owensboro, Bowling Green and Evansville Orchestras. Marilyn is currently adjunct clarinet faculty at the University of Louisville, Bellermine University and Campbellsville University.